World-class Classical Guitar in Wilmington, Delaware

Gohar Vardanyan, classical guitar with special guest Alex Pollock

Date: Saturday March 25 at 7:30 pm
Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Students, Seniors, WCGS/PCGS Members
Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
Parking: Free parking in lot or street

Gohar Vardanyan

Gohar Vardanyan’s playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.” Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with a musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert level guitarist.”

We know Gohar Vardanyan will amaze you, and Wilmington Classical Guitar couldn’t be more excited to present her in concert Saturday March 25. Join us for an evening of captivating guitar music as she performs works by Rodrigo, Albéniz, Falla, and Barrios.

Guest Opening Artist: Alex Pollock

All concerts for the 2016-17 season will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.

A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert.

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This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

Gohar Vardanyan will also be teaching a masterclass earlier in the day at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Gohar Vardanyan has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Gohar and have her critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

Widely admired for her technique and artistry, Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed with the Juilliard Opera Center and as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at the “Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra” in Panama and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival in Canada.

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops on during her concert stops. Ms. Vardanyan is an author of three books from Mel Bay Publications. She’s a frequent writer on Mel Bay’s Blog and instructor on Strings by Mail’s YouTube Lessonettes, a series of mini video lessons.

Ms. Vardanyan began studying the guitar in her native Armenia at the age of five under the careful guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. At the age of eight, she gave her first public performance and also appeared on Armenian National Television. She was the first prize winner in the Armenian National Music Contest “Amadeus” and was accepted into the prestigious group, “New Names,” for talented young musicians. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia, including Komitas Chamber Music Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. She went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the JuilliardSchool. In 2001, Ms. Vardanyan studied with John Wunsch at the InterlochenArtsAcademy. She was awarded the Young Artist’s Certificate from Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Harold Randolph Prize in performance from the Peabody Conservatory.

Ms. Vardanyan holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail.

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